Udupi: Bannanje Govindacharya Contradicts Beliefs about Kanakadasa

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Nov 2: Veteran scholar, Bannanje Govindacharya, said that the story about Kanakadasa, who was an ardent devotee of Lord Krishna, and author of hundreds of devotional songs dedicated to Lord Keshava of Kaginele, having been denied entry to Srikrishna Mutt here, was baseless. He was delivering the keynote address at the 'Kanaka Jayanti' celebrations, being held under the aegis of Srikrishna Mutt, Kannada and culture department, district administration and Kanakadasa Study Research Centre, M G M College and Manipal Academy of General Education, which were initiated on Sunday November 1 at Rajangana here.

Govindacharya said that Sri Vadiraja wielded enormous influence at the time and had provided residential accommodation to Kanakadasa in front of the shrine of Lord Srikrishna. This was the spot where a shrine of Kanakadasa stands now. The story which says that Sri Vyasaraja refused to admit Kanakadasa inside the temple even after Sri Vadiraja accepted him, is false. Even the university professors have been teaching false stories about Kanakadasa, he stressed.

Bannanje said that he had been to Kaginele and Bada to study about Kanakadasa, and found that there was nothing on record, relating to Kanakadasa. While the temple of Lord Keshava at Kaginele is not being managed properly, the idols of Lord Hanuma, Bheema and Madhwa are being worshipped on a daily basis at Kadaramandalagi Lord Anjaneya temple, where Kanakadasa offered prayers, he explained. He also pointed out that in a devotional song by Kanakadasa, the poet said that when he was conversing with Lord Keshava, Vadiraja entered te scene, upon which, Lord Keshava instantly disappeared.

Bannanje also said that the procedure of offering Roti and gruel to the Lord every day, had been started by Vadiraja in memory of Kanakadasa. As per a record in the Mutt, a wall  in the Mutt had developed cracks during night on a day, because of earthquake. Kanakadasa paid respects to Lord Srikrishna and as such, this crack is both created by nature and a miracle. In reverence to Kanakadasa, even now the Paryaya Swamijis get the first darshan of the Lord through this crack, known as Kanakana Kindi, he said.

The celebrations were inaugurated by Sri Sugunendrateertha Swamiji of Paryaya Puttige Mutt. Dignitaries like Sri Raghumanyateertha of Bheemanakatte Mutt, district deputy commissioner P Hemalata, music guru Neelavar Lakshminarayanaiah and district president of Kurubara Sangha, Sadanand Kaup, were present on the occasion. 



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  • Ahobala Sadashiva, San Jose

    Sun, Jul 02 2017

    Though a Smrtha, I am a great fan of Sri Bannanje & his scholrly daughter, Smt.Veena Bannanje. I have a small question asked without any ulterior motive but out of sincere curiousity. Why is it that Sri Shankara's hymn on Lord Vishnu ' Bhaja Govindam ' which has a rich phylosophical meaning, is not rendered by Sri.Vidya Bhushana or any Vaishnavaite singer. And why there is no commentary on this immortal epic hymn by any
    Vaishnava saint orphilosopher

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  • Sunilkumar k, Hosadurga

    Wed, Mar 22 2017

    Guruji I am very humble to meet govindacharya so I need his address to write a letter so please help me out really really I need to meet him .Please reply me and I hope you will reply me ,I will be waiting.

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  • C.Leelavathi, Bangalore

    Tue, Dec 20 2016

    Sri Guru Achrya, for me he is great guru. Iam very much eager to meet him. please tell me the date & venue of his pravachana in bangalore.

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  • k v upadhyaya, kumbashi

    Sat, Jan 23 2016

    mr.govinda achrya is explaining vedha/Upanishads to common man & trying to remove the blind belief of present upper class society(Brahmani) for me he is great guru

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    Mon, Aug 11 2014

    Pujya Guruji,

    My prajamas to the padas of guruji. Guruji kindly tell me as to whether a brahmin is doing a business is called a brahmin or not, kindly give guidance in terms of vedas, puranas, shastras, etc.

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  • pavan kumar, Kutch-Gujrat

    Sat, Jul 12 2014

    Can some body reply on the comment what i have made.
    The film was fictisious -Might be.

    Please confirm on the facts.

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  • pavan kumar, gujrat-kutch dist

    Sun, Jun 29 2014

    Ok will once of whay achar has said.
    inertially wh lord krishna was facing ? To wards madhva sarovar or the present as is.in the film shown lord him self o bout turned n crack were drvoloped in wall s.so need to clarify.where was the main door inertially.

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  • prakash, karnatakas/Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 19 2011

    Still waiting for your reply for my last mail

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  • Shakthi, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 08 2010

    Without knowing the background we should open your mouth.  What you know about Bannanje.
    First of all do you have a style to talk about Bannanje Style.

    Bannanje is an un-comparable un-imaginable personality of Wisdom. You should be qualified to understand his wisdom.

    I am sorry if I am rude. But its fact. Please excuse.

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  • Amit Kamath, Hubli

    Wed, Feb 10 2010

    It is sure not without research that Dr. Bannanje will put it that way. He sure has reasons. And dasas do not sing the "Loukik" aspect of opening the doors anyways. If that were it, dasas would not be called dasas. The song "Baagilanu teredu seveyanu kodo Hariye, Narahariye" it self shows it. What does "SEVAYANU KODU" mean in literal kannada? It will mean "Krishna give me SEVA" than meaning "Krishan, allow me to do the SEVA". Literal x = x mean nothing and it only requires a person of scholarly nature to comment on these things. The very fact that ROTI and GRUEL is being offered to Shri Krishna is itself enough to see how much respect KANAKA DASARU gets. Dalits being deined entry is a sheer shit as anyone can go into Shri Krishna Temple. However, even ppl of higher cast do not get entry into the Sanctum Sanctorum. The same way as any person being denied entry into high profile minister's house or a masjid or a church. What Mr. Bannanje will say is best left to his judgement than anybody else.

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  • Niranjan N Prabhu, Kateel

    Wed, Feb 10 2010

    Kanakadasa sang "Baagilanu teredu seveyanu kodo Hariye, Narahariye". Its really so sad that such an amazing miracle of the Lord having opened the gates of his home to his ardent devotee of a so called lower caste, is being denied. The very lesson that the Lord wanted us to learn from this miracle, is now being denied. Jai Shri Krishna

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  • Gopal B, Udupi

    Thu, Apr 16 2015

    We dont need such trivial " miracles" to believe God. The proof of his miracles are every where in this universe and the cosmic order we witness every day, every moment

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  • cyril mathias, udupi

    Mon, Nov 02 2009

    It is a grand old techneque of Dwijas of telling lies.Even in the present day the daliths are not given entry into the temples.The upper caste people do not eat with the lower caste people.During Kanaka dasa time Caste discrimination was at its worst.Mr Bannanje knows very well that a lie told again and again will be accepted as truth.Chidanand murthy is another self styled historian like Bannanje.Next time Bannanje will say that kanaka dasa did not write or praise lord Krishna.

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    Thu, Jul 31 2014

    Its very sad to know that people refuse to open eyes even if a great personality like Dr Bananje is making a point.!! I pity those ..Fair enough and i feel it needs no extra attention..

    What surprises me is -How is that we are so good in understanding and interpreting things at the level we are at !! Now i understand if our Sanatana Dharma has taken a bad hit - its not because of anyone but ourselves .. God save our country !!

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